Toledo Walleye Reel In Their First Player

Posted Aug 27th, 2009 by Jason Griffin  Category: Sports,


(TOLEDO, OH) – The Toledo Walleye are pleased to announce the first player signing for the inaugural roster.

The Walleye have agreed to terms with Center Malcolm MacMillan, most recently of the Belfast Giants in the Elite Ice Hockey League (EIHL). The Thunder Bay, Ontario native formerly played in the ECHL with the Florence Pride, Peoria Rivermen and Cincinnati Cyclones in 2003-04 before spending the following three seasons with the Reading Royals. The 27-year-old has also had short stints in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Albany River Rats and Hershey Bears.

Walleye Head Coach/Director of Hockey Operations Nick Vitucci said, “A warrior-type player that our fans will love. He brings energy and toughness to every shift and will contribute offensively. Malcolm was a player that I hated to play against while with the Reading Royals because of his tenacious work ethic and physical play.”

MacMillan expressed his excitement, “It is a wonderful opportunity for me. To play in a brand new facility with great fans will be a thrill. I remember playing in Toledo as an opponent and the fans are passionate. It will be nice to have them screaming for me instead of against me.”

MacMillan has been invited to the Grand Rapids Griffins training camp in the American Hockey League.

MacMillan has appeared in 223 career ECHL games with 33 goals, 67 assists and 715 penalty minutes. In 17 career ECHL playoff games, he has five assists and 78 penalty minutes. Statistically, his best ECHL season was 2006-07 with Reading, when he tallied 35 points (10 goals, 25 assists) in 66 games. His career-high 12 goals came the previous year, also with the Royals.

MacMillan spent four seasons with three different teams in the Ontario Hockey League before turning pro in 2003. After the 2003-04 season, he spent the following year in the United Hockey League with the Port Huron Beacons before returning to the ECHL with Reading in 2005-06.

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The Walleye open its inaugural 2009-10 ECHL season on Friday, October 16, 2009 versus the Florida Everblades at 7:00 pm at the new Lucas County Arena. Season tickets and individual tickets are currently available. Call 419-725-WALL or log onto

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